Vastavam web: Union minister’s comments have added fuel to fire on petro price hike in india. Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons justified the hike in petrol prices stating that the money is being used for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden. “It’s an intentional decision by the government. We are going to tax people who can afford to pay. Only a person who has a car or bike will buy petrol. That person is certainly not starving,” said Alphons. “We are imposing taxes to help the poor of this country lead a dignified life. They will have houses, toilets and basic amenities. All this money that is being collected is not being stolen by the Centre.” Justifies his stand and KJ Alphons said, “There is nothing wrong in what I said. People with a car or bike are in the upper class. They should pay up. How else will the poor be taken care of taken?” “It was during the UPA regime that people’s money was stolen by the government. This is not the same government. We are here for the poor and the downtrodden. Uplifting them is going to cost a lot of money and we are going to tax people who can afford to pay,” the minister said.